Best Choice guides help parents and guardians find the best options for their children if they are struggling academically, socially, behaviorally or otherwise. We have a real understanding of the challenges our youth face today and have developed a very sincere and genuine passion for helping both children and their parents. We have worked within such programs and we visit them regularly.
It is through our firsthand experiences and involvement in these schools that we remain dedicated to the ever growing need for boarding school and therapeutic programs. We listen to the parents and assess their child’s behaviors, grades and needs. There are so many different options available today it can become overwhelming for parents, which is why we are here to help! We understand their need to narrow down the abundance of choices.
When parents call us; we will listen, assess, direct and assist. We will spend as much as time as necessary answering a parent’s questions and giving them as much information as needed in order for them to have complete peace of mind during this process. We know how difficult this situation can be, especially for teens who have been expelled or have other behavioral or academic problems. Our knowledge, experience and understanding is the key to matching a child’s needs to exactly the right program or school. Finding a place that offers the proper academics, treatment (if needed), location, cost and length of stay can be solved with one simple phone call from parents, instead of dozens and dozens.
Meet Our Placement Guides
After working within a leading residential program for nearly a decade as Admissions Director, Scott Smith is uniquely qualified to help parents understand and deal with a variety of placement and financing challenges. He has helped place students in appropriate programs across America and in Mexico. Scott is excited and honored to be able to work with parents to find the right program the first time, and within the family’s budget.
Tara Akers has over a decade of experience helping fill schools and programs for struggling adolescents. She most recently worked as the Admissions Director of a large midwestern boarding school. Before that she was employed by a firm that provided consulting and marketing services for various schools throughout the nation. She enjoys helping parents find the right program for their troubled teen.
Kaitlyn worked at a boarding school for troubled teens for several years, answering admissions calls for the school. She loves giving parents hope that there is something out there that can offer help, no matter the situation!
Robin has for more than a decade been helping parents find the right programs and schools. After personally experiencing the confusion and pain of her own son getting in trouble as a teenager, Robin has been drawn to helping families find the appropriate school or program to help their teenager. Her personal mission is to never give up on a family; assuring that they find an affordable appropriate program or school for their child.
Jackie Rarrick taught, tutored and counseled teens at a girls boarding school then was the secretary and receptionist for a boys boarding school. She is also a photographer. She enjoys talking to parents and guardians on the phone to set up appointments with our Placement Specialists.
Dian Humphreys-Dian has worked in the education field for a decade, inclduing working at an all-boys therapeutic boarding schoolas the lead Admissions Adviser and the College Transition Adviser. Dian and her husband, Chuck have a blended family of five children and one gradnchild.
Jennifer has worked with therapeutic boarding schools for many years and is an expert at helping parents find the right one. She also founded a therapeutic boarding school for girls in Orlando, Florida in 2017, called Providence Pass.